Nineteen (19) high officials and educators from CPSC member countries Bhutan, Fiji, India, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Papua New Guinea, the Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Honorary Member TEVSAPHIL convened for the Regional Program on Skills in TVET Sustainability. The regional program was held from September 13-17, 2016 at CPSC, Manila. The expertise of Access Skills Training (AST), a registered training provider based in Australia, was tapped to enrich the delivery of the program.
With focus on the implementation of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and reorienting TVET into a more sustainable path, the program further looked into the impact of leadership on TVET as well as its implications on sustainable development. The modules and exercises touched on models of educational leadership, factors for assessing educational leadership, trend analysis and issues faced in enhancing the sustainability of TVET, role of ICT to a sustainable TVET and the principles of sustainable leadership.
Discussions centered on the role of TVET in achieving Goal 4 of the Sustainable Development Goals during the program. Experience sharing and lectures were intended for enabling participants to determine challenges in establishing lifelong learning opportunities for TVET beneficiaries in the region. The program also dealt on opportunities and possibilities of realigning TVET skills towards a more sustainable approach.
The participants were also able to formulate action plans on realigning skills for organizational sustainability that would be specifically tailored to the needs of the member countries and their respective institutions.
The regional program is the first program supervised by the new CPSC Director General Dr. Ram Hari Lamichhane, who was just recently welcomed by the CPSC family, including some core dignitaries and representatives from CPSC member governments (see related news). He was assisted by the Program Coordinator and former Acting Director General of CPSC, Dr. G. Kulanthaivel and CPSC Faculty Consultant, Dr. Romulita Alto. The program also had the privilege of involving Dr. Michael Langdon, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of AST as the resource person of the Program.
Specific topics discussed in the program include: (1) Skills for Shortening the Distance to a Sustainable Future through ICT, (2) Organizational Sustainability in TVET: What it is and why does it Matter? (3) Trend Analysis and Agenda of Issues in Enhancing Sustainability in TVET and (4) Sustainability and Leadership for TVET. These were supplemented by tasks on trend analysis and sustainability. They were also required to come up with action plans or strategy papers on enhancing present TVET systems for the future generations.
Study visits to Toyota Motor's Philippines in Santa Rosa, Laguna and Rogationist College in Silang, Cavite on September 15, 2016 complemented the classroom sessions with actual industry exposure. They were oriented with the best practices on sustainability embarked by these institutions, as well as some of the innovations that they are implementing to promote TVET sustainability.
After the program, the participants attended the 6th International Forum on Innovative Practices in Skills Development at the Asian Development Bank Headquarters (ADB) from September 19-21, 2016. The forum provided an excellent opportunity for policy makers, practitioners and experts from ADB member countries and other regions to build upon their current knowledge and to acquire new ideas to help in implementing effective and relevant education and training systems.